Special exhibition: At Home with the Hogarths

Special exhibition: At Home with the Hogarths

A special exhibition running 12 July 2022 – 15 January 2023

In this exhibition, you will be introduced to the people who lived at Hogarth’s House, their relatives, friends and neighbours!

The Hogarth family acquired their second home in 1749, to provide a haven away from their main home in the city (now the site of the Leicester Square Odeon). They immediately built an extension to house their large household and servants and must have moved in during 1750. Though William Hogarth died in 1764, the family stayed on; the last relative to own the House was Mary Lewis, Mrs Hogarth’s cousin, who died in 1808.

So, who lived there during almost 60 years of the family’s ownership? Using a family tree of reproductions of Hogarth’s portraits, the exhibition introduces the extended family. The servants who made life run smoothly (and who would have slept in the garret) also appear as do the favourite pets whose memorials stood in the garden. Close friends and neighbours, some of whom probably encouraged the Hogarths to come to Chiswick, will be appear as well as the Foundling Hospital children, a few of whom stayed each summer.

This exhibition has been produced in collaboration with the William Hogarth Trust and builds upon the research of Elizabeth Einberg. A special thank you as well to the Mellon Foundation for images and the Local Studies collection at Chiswick Library.

Dr Thomas Morell – A print from Hogarth’s portrait. Dr Morell lived in Chiswick Lane. Dr Morell was close to Hogarth and asked to be buried near him at St Nicholas in Chiswick.
Mary Lewis – sketch by Theodosius Forrest , about 1775, on permanent display in the Dining Room. She died in 1808, having inherited the House from Hogarth’s widow Jane; she was the last member of the family to live at Hogarth’s House.